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Mar 11, 2018

Native Opinon Episode 118

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We thank listener chris for providing us an Article about reductions in firearm injuries which correlate with NRA conventions. Here is an excerpt from that article:

“Despite high rates of unintentional firearm injuries,1–3 and recognition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) that firearm education is important,4 it is often said that firearm injuries occur primarily among inexperienced users and that firearm safety comes with experience and training. To investigate this contention, we conducted a study in which we hypothesized that firearm use would decline during the dates of NRA meetings — which attract tens of thousands of members from across the United States,5 including firearm owners and owners of venues where firearms are used (e.g., firing ranges and hunting grounds) — and that firearm injuries would also decline even among experienced users.”

Article 1
Title: Irish town built a memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during FamineAmerican
Author: Frances Mulraney

A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine.

Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency.


Article 2

Title: Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile
Author: Ruth Hopkins

**It’s time for the harvest. Traditionally, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) are hunter gatherers. For generations, our children have gotten excited when the chokecherries turn black, because that meant they were ripe for picking. Buffaloberries and wild plums are ready when the chokecherries are. Wild strawberries and raspberries were ready a month previous, along with wild onions; prairie turnips (timpsila) were picked two months before that. The berries and plums can be eaten fresh picked, and are made into jams and jellies. Wojapi is a delicious dessert made from honey or sugar and berries, usually chokecherries. Chokecherries mixed with kidney fat and dried meat are also used to make wasna, ceremonial food. My father, who is a wild game hunter, loves pemmican. We gather first. Hunting will come in another month’s time.


Article 3

Title: 2007 Census of Agriculture American Indian Farmers American Indian or Alaska Native Farm Operators

Author: USDA Census of Agriculture

**The 2007 Census of Agriculture shows that U.S. farmers and ranchers are becoming more diverse and that the number of American Indian or Alaska Native farm operators continues to rise. The 2007 Census counted a total of 79,703 American Indian or Alaska Native operators on 61,472 farms and ranches across the United States. More than a quarter of these operators also reported another race. The count of American Indian or Alaska Native operators grew 88 percent from 2002, significantly outpacing the 7 percent increase in U.S. farm operators overall.

There were a total of 55,889 American Indian operators who reported American Indian or Alaska Native as their only race in 2007. Of these, 34,706 were principal operators, up 124 percent from 2002.*


Article 4

Title: American Indian Tribes Create an Agricultural Coalition to Impact the Next Farm Bill

Author: Dan Nosowitz

The Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation coming up this year, though it seldom makes waves outside the agricultural community. The Farm Bill, which is passed every five years (or so—the last one, in 2014, was two years late), includes a lot of the stuff you might imagine—farm subsidies, crop insurance—but it also address a boatload of other issues, like the SNAP benefits (aka the food stamp program), rural assistance, employment help, conservation measures in agriculture, forestry programs, food research and development, biofuels, and more. It’s vital not just to farmers but to the economically disadvantaged, and anyone who lives in rural America, too.


Article 4

Title: EPA funding allows Otoe-Missouri Tribe to map its property and keep recycling
Author: Justin Wingerter

PHOENIX - On Thursday, January 25, 2018, several armed Trump supporters, carrying Trump flags, surrounded Arizona state Representative Pamela Hannley and yelled at her about her “protecting illegals” near the state Capitol in Phoenix. Close by, on their way to lunch, were Representative Eric Descheenie (D-Chinle) and Representative Wenona Benally (D-Window Rock). Both are Navajo. Representative Benally recounts the event for Native News Online: "Rep. Descheenie stepped in between them and Rep. Hannley, in order to protect her from them. As soon as he did so, it drew the attention of the rest of the Trump protesters. The rest of the Trump protestors quickly walked over to us, surrounding us and aggressively yelling at us about our support for ‘illegals.’


Article 5
Title: Exclusive: Here’s Jeff Sessions’ Draft Masterplan For The Justice Department
Author: Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rapidly shifting the Justice Department’s focus from Obama-era goals such as civil rights enforcement and criminal justice reform to conservative priorities.

A draft version of the department’s five-year strategic plan obtained by HuffPost shows the Trump administration’s plans for DOJ include cracking down on illegal immigrants, aggressively prosecute national security leaks, zeroing in on campus speech issues, attacking MS–13 and restoring the “rule of law” throughout the country.

The special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the election and President Donald Trump’s attacks on Sessions have grabbed headlines in the attorney general’s first year in office. But the Justice Department, of course, has jurisdiction over much more than the Russia probe.